West African Songs, Drum and Dance - Luminate Festival

West African Songs, Drum and Dance


Presenter: Koffie Fugah
Suitable for: All ages

Explore the rhythms of West African culture through songs, drumming and dancing. This is an opportunity for people to experience the joy of moving together and connecting with the drum, doing so to traditional West African rhythms. You’ll leave feeling connected to your body and the your community. All experience levels welcome.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience real West African music. Share in this authentic gift of traditional music as you learn how music and dance are an integral part of the culture of West Africa and connect with the drum as Koffie shows you how to make it talk.

This wonderful opportunity awaits you, regardless of experience, to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of how West African music is more than just drum patterns but more around the history behind the rhythms and the essential songs and dances that accompany them. You will learn new techniques to improve their playing, traditional songs, rhythms and dances in warm and friendly environment.

Presenter Bio:

Koffie comes from a family of master drummers and dancers in the Volta Region of Ghana and therefore is nurtured in the traditions and cultural practices of his ancestors. Music is part of who he is and his passion is to share the joy that this music brings to those who want to learn more. Koffie is an internationally recognised and respected performer and teacher who now travels New Zealand wide promoting the West African culture through Drumming and Dancing with the support of drummers and dancers who share the same vision.
His work over the last 20 years is a true testament to the hard work and passion he has for his culture. In 2013 Koffie migrated to New Zealand and founded the Kadodo West African Drum and Dance School. For the past 5 years, Koffie has been facilitating drum and dance workshops and performing at events all over New Zealand.


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